How to prepare Okro Soup

Seafood Okro Soup is a delightful Nigerian dish that combines the slimy texture of okra with the delicious flavors of assorted seafood. 

Here’s a detailed recipe on how to prepare Okro Soup

Ingredients Needed:

How to prepare Okro Soup
How to prepare Okro Soup
  • Assorted seafood (shrimp, prawns, crab, fish fillets, etc.)
  • Sliced okro (fresh or frozen)
  • Chopped onions
  • Palm oil 
  • Grounded crayfish
  • Grounded pepper (cayenne or chili powder)
  • Stock cubes 
  • Salt to taste
  • Protein broth (fish or seafood- you can use water as a substitute)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of ground uziza seeds (optional, for a spicier flavor)
  • Chopped Ugu(pumpkin) leaves

Step by Step Instructions:

How to prepare Okro Soup
  • Prepare the seafood:
    • Rinse the assorted seafood thoroughly under cold water and set aside. If using fish fillets, cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cook the seafood:
    • In a large pot, add the seafood and enough water to cover them.
    • Season the seafood with salt and any other preferred seasonings.
    • Cook the seafood on medium heat until they are fully cooked. The cooking time will vary depending on the type and size of the seafood. Once cooked, set aside.
  • Prepare the okro:
    • Wash the okro and trim off the ends. Slice the okro into small rounds.
  • Cook the Okro Soup:
    • In a separate large pot, heat the palm oil or vegetable oil over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  • Add ground crayfish and ground pepper:
    • Stir in the ground crayfish and ground pepper. Mix well to combine with the sautéed onions.
  • Add the seafood broth:
    • Pour the fish or seafood broth into the pot with the sautéed onions, crayfish, and pepper. If you don’t have seafood broth, you can use water instead.
  • Add the sliced okro:
    • Carefully add the sliced okro to the pot. Stir gently to prevent the okra from becoming too slimy.
  • Season the soup:
    • Crumble the stock cubes into the soup and add ground dried prawns (if using).
    • Add salt to taste. Be careful with the salt as some seafood can be naturally salty.
  • Simmer the soup:
    • Allow the soup to simmer on medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until the okro is fully cooked and soft.
  • Add the cooked seafood:
    • Gently add the cooked seafood to the pot. Stir carefully to avoid breaking up the seafood.
  • Adjust the seasoning:
    • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning (salt and pepper) to your preference.
    • If you prefer a spicier flavor, you can add ground uziza seeds at this stage.
  • Add chopped veggies (optional):
    • If desired, add chopped fresh ugu to the soup for added flavor and freshness.
  • Serve:
    • Your delicious Seafood Okro Soup is now ready to be served! Enjoy it with a side of rice, fufu, or any other accompaniment of your choice.

This hearty and flavorful Seafood Okro soup is sure to be a hit with seafood lovers and a fantastic addition to your culinary repertoire!

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